Snatch
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on September 4, 2003
Guy Ritchie's "Snatch" repeats the basic blueprint of his previous film "Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels." The genre is the same, the setting is the same, the tone is the same, and some of the actors are the same. Yet "Snatch" still manages to stand on its own by being a smoother and slicker production that its predecessor. And having Brad Pitt on board this time around certainly helps the film carve out its own identity.
Once again mayhem and mishaps help to mar a criminal scheme. Frankie Four Fingers (Benicio Del Toro) steals a diamond which attracts the attention of Boris the Blade (Rade Sherbedgia) and Avi (Dennis Farina) who each want the diamond for himself. In the meantime, a gypsy (Pitt) who excels in the bare knuckle boxing department, but who is somewhat less refined in his verbal skills is recruited for a fight. Through a series of twists and turns, the fate of the diamond hunters and the gypsy boxer become intertwined and story twists ensue that would have been right at home in a screwball comedy - if not for the high body count.
What separates Ritchie's gangster flicks from those of his contemporaries is the combination of sassy wit and energy embodied in both his characters and the situations they find themselves in. Oftentimes "Snatch" strays perilously close to being too outrageous for its own good but it always manages to not cross the line into satire. Pitt gives one of his more underappreciated performances of the last few years and makes you realize just how useful the subtitle function is for DVD films. His gypsy boxer is a pure manifestation of all the zaniness that this film contains. Here's hoping that Ritchie can expand into other types of film genres in the future instead of continuing to compose variations on a theme. For the time being though, if you find yourself in the mood for an off-kilter crime caper, then "Snatch" is the film for you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Snatch is close to a carbon copy of Guy Ritchies' earlier movie Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels. It has the same frenetic, engaging style and leaves many of us trying to figure out who's teamed up with whom and why should any of us care? A bunch of low lives battle over who gets the big, stolen diamond and most of the main figures don't seem to make it to the end of the film, them being dead and everything. How they got this far in life without being eliminated so much earlier is not sufficiently explained. The film definitely has a comic flair and will delight any film goer who loved the scene in Pulp Fiction where the person in the back seat got their head vaporized by accident (if I remember correctly) by a guy in the front seat. What a laugh riot that was for the teenagers in front of me at the time. If they haven't sufficiently matured, they'd love many of the scenes here.

Luckily I took advantage of the subtitles so I could decipher much of the dialogue, particularly Brad Pitt's. (Pitt has the best role in the show, someone who is positively moral compared to the rest of the human dregs, though incomprehensible. Not in his aims; it's just that no one in the film or the audience can understand this Irish gypsy's garbled gibberish. But somehow the subtitles lady/guy did.) The unfortunate side effect of this gift from the filmakers was that I read most of the movie and was always a half second behind the actual action -- not because I'm a slow reader; it's just that the titles were a wee bit tardy. The director's strategy seems aimed at the attention deficit crowd. There's never more than a few minutes before someone is getting knocked out, crammed into a car boot, having his dead arm chopped off, running their car into a light pole, or shown spread-eagled in mid-air in ultra slow motion, hair and sweat flying, after being nuked in a boxing match (only to come back and knock out the bad guy. Natch!)

I have no argument with the acting. Overall, it was scary and appropriate. It's fun to laugh at really stupid people doing stupid things, but every one of those people here can back up their idiocy with firepower. Luckily -- hopefully? -- they don't inhabit your real world. Pitt's performance made me smile throughout. It's apparent he was having a good time with his role. But midway (or earlier), I was wondering who I was supposed to care about or identify with or even want to watch for very long. If your idea of a good time is to watch a morbidly obese getaway guy getting stuck trying to get out of his own car -- get the irony there? -- you'll like this movie. (I did like that clip.) If you're into clowns with huge guns mowing down other knuckle-draggers, you'll like this movie. (For me, that grew really tiresome.) In summary, it's a comic book of a movie. Colorful (but not in its camera work -- the film is set primarily in dingy locales -- fast-paced, perversely funny, derivative, memorable for certain scenes/characters, but ultimately a "Meh."
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12 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on January 7, 2006
I have to agree with a previous review. I have a 2 disc DVD that I bought in 2001 or 2002. It is chock full of stuff and truth be told, I never watch the second disc. I saw it once and don't need another version of a movie I already have to see something I might or might not watch. Forget the re-releases - go through the catalog look on the web and release the ones we have on waiting lists.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 3, 2014
Funny movie it turned the mobsters into caricatures. Simplistic violent morons who the gypsies made look like fools (dead ones). Foul and vulgar or would be higher rated.
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on May 27, 2012
This is a hilarious story, but it is very rough. It doesn't seem possible to use the f-word so often and in so many different ways, even embedding it into other words. There are parts that make me laugh out loud, and I love the characters, but a lot the laughter relates to things that I'm not sure are really laughing matters????? And then there are the REALLY rough parts that are hard to get through. I love the gypsy dog that swallows the squeaky toy (and then squeaks when he barks) along with everything else in sight, the Russian mafia guy they just can't kill, the huge getaway driver who can't fit through the car door nor back into a large parallel parking spot... but I could do without the violent robbery, mass murder, attack dogs, and foul language. Periwinkle blue, anyone?
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on January 23, 2010
This review is just about the Bluray quality.

The bluray quality on Snatch was fairly sharp and it was nice to watch the movie again, but the HD didnt really "pop." I wasnt saying "Wow! It's so HD!" I was saying "Uhhh? I can hardly tell." Granted, the movie was shot on film and not digitally.

So its "OK" hd quality. I really don't think you are missing anything if you go and buy a cheaper dvd version. If you are a huge Snatch fan like me, then its worth it, but i felt a little jipped.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on August 16, 2007
Director Guy Ritchie returns to London's mean streets, rife again with characters such as Bullet Tooth Tony (Vinnie Jones) and Franky Four Fingers (Benicio Del Toro). Several interlocking plots revolve around a scramble for a stolen 86-karat diamond, an attempt to fix a boxing match and ... pigs. Brad Pitt is a standout as a bare-knuckles fighter who speaks a gypsy dialect nobody understands.
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on May 17, 2013
Snatch is action-packed and fast, but for my taste the mix of characters and plots was too packed and too fast.

I found the dog to be more and more interesting, as the rest of the action and the plot became more and more involved.

Gun fanciers may question whether the American Eagle .50 caliber pistol could really be fired one-handed with no apparent recoil, as shown near the end of the film. Don`t try that at the local firing range.
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on May 6, 2015
Fair movie in my opinion.
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on June 19, 2014
Great Brad Pitt acting. I really like Dennis Farina. hard to understand the English dialogue. Entertaining but not a knock-out
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